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The Elijah Challenge End-Time Model of Evangelism is a basic primer for all Christians who want to learn how to evangelize by applying the power and authority of the Lord in healing the infirm. It ...

The Elijah Challenge End-Time Model of Evangelism is a basic primer for all Christians who want to learn how to evangelize by applying the power and authority of the Lord in healing the infirm. It shows the readers the scriptural basis for this type of Power Evangelism and how the modern Church should be applying this to fulfill the Great Commission.

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  • The Elijah Challenge Basic Primer THE END-TIME MODEL OF EVANGELISM Using Every Believer to Heal as Jesus did The Elijah Challenge THE RESTORATION OF POWER TO THE CHURCH IN THE END TIMESThe Restoration of the spirit of Elijah to the ChurchMalachi 4:5 - ―See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great anddreadful day of the LORD comes‖. Before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the Lord will send to theChurch the ―spirit of Elijah,‖ that is, the spirit that He put within Elijah andwhich empowered him to minister. It is the spirit of boldness to proclaim theKingdom of God as well as manifest power to demonstrate that our God isthe only true God.I Kings 18:20 - So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled theprophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said,―How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, followhim; but if Baal is God, follow him.‖ But the people said nothing.24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of theLORD. The god who answers by fire—he is God.‖ Then all the people said,―What you say is good.‖1 Kings 18:36 - At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forwardand prayed: ―O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be knowntoday that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have doneall these things at your command. 37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, sothese people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turningtheir hearts back again.‖ 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned upthe sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the waterin the trench. 39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate andcried, ―The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!‖ Only when the people saw the visible demonstration of God’s power didthey acknowledge the Lord as God. Jesus Christ used a similar approach inHis ministry.John 20:30 - Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of hisdisciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are writtenthat you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that bybelieving you may have life in his name. 1
  • The End-Time Model of Evangelism Jesus Christ used this same approach to prove His identity as the Son ofGod and Savior.The Third Anointing: The Kingly Anointing – The Testimony of David1 Samuel 17:8 - Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, ―Why doyou come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you notthe servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 9 Ifhe is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if Iovercome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.‖ 10Then the Philistine said, ―This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a manand let us fight each other.‖ 11 On hearing the Philistine‘s words, Saul andall the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.1 Samuel 17:23 - As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistinechampion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usualdefiance, and David heard it. 24 When the Israelites saw the man, they allran from him in great fear.26 David asked the men standing near him, ―What will be done for the manwho kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is thisuncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the livingGod?‖45 …I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the Godof the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD willhand you over to me, and I‘ll strike you down and cut off your head.Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the airand the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that thereis a God in Israel. Because the Lord had given a ‗kingly anointing‘ to David, he was notafraid of Goliath as were all the other Israelites. In contrast, with greatindignation and zeal for the Lord David fought the giant, confident that theLord would use him to kill Goliath and bring much glory to God. With thekingly anointing comes the authority to command those which are underour authority, the boldness of a king like David, and actual power to destroythe works of the devil just as David had power to slay Goliath.OUR APPROACH TO HEALING: ―Task-Specific‖ The ―gift of healing‖ as taught in 1 Corinthians 12 is generally forministering healing to believers in the context of the body of Christ. It isgenerally although not always manifest in gatherings of believers. Forexample, in a meeting of anointed praise and worship where the manifestpresence of God appears, people can be healed of their infirmities as theHoly Spirit moves through the gift of healing. But our task here is to minister healing in the context of proclaimingthe gospel to the lost outside the Church, as Christ and his early disciplesdid. Therefore we will first study how Christ ministered healing to thesick in the gospels.2
  • The Elijah Challenge Basic PrimerThe Old Testament prophesies of the anointing upon the MessiahIsaiah 61:1 - ―The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lordhas anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; he has sent Me toheal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the openingof the prison to those who are bound; 2 to proclaim the acceptable year ofthe LORD‖. This verse from Isaiah described the ministry of the Messiah who wouldbe anointed by the Holy Spirit to deliver God‘s people.New Testament FulfillmentLuke 3:22 - And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a doveupon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, ―You are My belovedSon; in You I am well pleased.‖ The messianic anointing prophesied by Isaiah came upon Jesus whenthe Father sent the Holy Spirit to descend upon him at the Jordan River.Release of PowerLuke 4:1 - Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned fromthe Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 being temptedfor forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, andafterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. …13 Now when the devilhad ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportunetime. 14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, andnews of Him went out through all the surrounding region. Following the coming of the Holy Spirit upon him and the forty daystemptation, the power of the Spirit was released in him to deliver God‘speople according to the messianic prophecy of Isaiah 61.How Was Christ‘s Power Manifest?Luke 4:31 - Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and wasteaching them on the Sabbaths. 32 And they were astonished at Histeaching, for His word was with authority. 33 Now in the synagoguethere was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried outwith a loud voice, 34 saying, ―Let us alone! What have we to do with You,Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—theHoly One of God!‖ 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ―Be quiet, and comeout of him!‖ And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it cameout of him and did not hurt him.36 Then they were all amazed and spokeamong themselves, saying, ―What a word this is! For with authority andpower He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.‖37 And thereport about Him went out into every place in the surrounding region. 38Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon‘smother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus tohelp her. 39 So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Shegot up at once and began to wait on them. The power given to Jesus by the Father through the Spirit‘s anointingwas released when Jesus spoke with authority to cast out demons and toheal the sick. Jesus knew he had received authority from the Father, andexercised this authority by issuing commands to and rebuking both demonsand diseases. Unlike many in the Church today who cast out demons butpray for the physically sick, he did not separate demons and disease intoseparate and distinct categories in terms of his approach in dealing with 3
  • The End-Time Model of Evangelismthem. The anointing of the Spirit brought authority over both demons anddiseases to the Christ.How Do We Know Which God Is The One True God Who Created TheUniverse? The true God and those who serve Him have authority over diseases anddemons. Jesus demonstrated his authority over them by directly rebukingthem and giving them commands. The result was they obeyed hiscommands. Contrast this with how witchdoctors deal with demons thatoppress their clients: they attempt to appease and placate the spirits bygiving them offerings and ―bribes.‖ Since by definition one gives offeringsand ―bribes‖ only to those who have greater authority, it is clear thatwitchdoctors do not have authority over diseases and demons.Mark 2:10 - But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority onearth to forgive sins....‖ He said to the paralytic, 11 ―I tell you, get up, takeyour mat and go home.‖ 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in fullview of them all. The true God alone has authority to forgive sin. The ultimate root ofdisease is original sin. By his authority to heal disease and infirmities, Jesusproved that he also had authority to forgive and remove sin itself. Thiswould be through his atoning death on the cross. Contrast this withpowerless religion which has no authority to heal the sick, and therefore noclaim to being the true way to God. Thus when we servants of the only true God proclaim His Kingdom tothe lost, we heal the sick and cast out demons in Christ‘s name byexercising his authority. The miracles done in this way demonstrate that Heis the Son of the only true God and that He also has authority to forgive sin.No other ―god‖ can do this.CHRIST GIVES TO BELIEVERS A Measure Of His Authority To HealAnd To DeliverJohn 20:21 - So Jesus said to them again, ―Peace to you! As the Fatherhas sent Me, I also send you.‖ 22 And when He had said this, Hebreathed on them, and said to them, ―Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 ―If youforgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any,they are retained.‖ As the Father sent Jesus into the world to minister with authority overdemons, disease, and to forgive sin, Jesus has sent us his disciples into theworld with a measure of this same authority to minister and complete thework that he began. As the Father sent the Holy Spirit upon Jesus, Jesushas given us the Holy Spirit through whose power we will destroy the worksof the devil---sin, disease, and demonic bondage---as we preach thegospel.John 14:5 - Thomas said to him, ―Lord, we don‘t know where you are going,so how can we know the way?‖ 6 Jesus said to him, ―I am the way, thetruth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7―If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and fromnow on you know Him and have seen Him.‖ 8 Philip said to Him, ―Lord,4
  • The Elijah Challenge Basic Primershow us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.‖ 9 Jesus said to him, ―Have Ibeen with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who hasseen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‗Show us the Father‘?…11 ―Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or elsebelieve me for the sake of the WORKS themselves. 12 ―Mostassuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the WORKS that I do hewill do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to MyFather. Through the miracles that he performed (v. 11), Jesus proved that hewas in fact the only way to the Father. Moreover, those who believe in himwould do those same works. Among other things, they would heal the sickand cast out demons in his name to demonstrate that he was the Son ofGod and only Savior.Luke 9:1 - When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave thempower and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal thesick. …6 So they set out and went from village to village, preaching thegospel and healing people everywhere. After giving them authority over demons and disease, Jesus sent theTwelve out to preach the gospel and to demonstrate its veracity by healingthe sick---not by praying for the sick. There is a great difference betweenthe two. Asking the Lord to heal the sick is risk-free; whatever is theoutcome is not our responsibility. By contrast, healing the sick is exactlywhat Jesus did---commanding the sick to be healed using authority. Whenwe disciples of Christ attempt it, there is the possibility of failure: the sickperson is not healed. Thus for the most part the Church no longer obeys thecommand of the Lord to heal the sick, preferring instead to ―trust the Lord‖and to ask Him to heal the sick. This disobedience is the primary reason forthe lack of miracles in the Church today. The Church must repent of thisdisobedience. We must now teach every disciple to obey everything he hascommanded us (Matthew 28:20), which includes healing the sick andproclaiming the kingdom of God to the lost. What About Those Disciples Who Are Not Apostles?Luke 10:1 - After this the Lord appointed seventy(-two) others and sentthem two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was aboutto go. …9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‗The kingdom ofGod is near you.‘ 17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ―Lord,even the demons submit to us in your name.‖ The seventy (-two) were also given a measure of this authority. Thiswas not a special ―gift of healing,‖ but simply standard equipment for thosewho advance the Kingdom of Christ. Note in verse 9 the Lord‘s commandapparently was to heal the sick even before proclaiming the kingdom ofGod. When the Lord commands us to heal the sick, it means that it is Hiswill to heal when His kingdom is being proclaimed to the lost---many ofwhom demand to see a demonstration of His power before they believe.Christians must be set free from this spirit of fear of failure so that they willobey the Lord‘s command to heal the sick to confirm that the kingdom ofGod is near. 5
  • The End-Time Model of EvangelismAuthority Over Disease Is Not The Same As The Gift Of Healing1 Corinthians 12:4 - There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the commongood. 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing bythat one Spirit, 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do allwork miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues?Do all interpret? Gifts of healings are given ―for the common good:‖ for building up andministering healing to the body of Christ. However, when Christ was still onearth, the body of Christ did not yet exist. Therefore, what he gave to hisdisciples in Luke 9 and 10 was not the ―gift of healing,‖ but simply standardequipment for those who would be sent to preach the gospel, not build upthe church. The fact that all twelve and all seventy disciples received thisauthority is an additional factor arguing against it being the gift of healing,which not all believers have been given. Finally, the ―gift of healing‖ wasavailable to the disciples only beginning the day of Pentecost when the HolySpirit came. Since the disciples had been given authority over disease anddemons in the gospels before Pentecost, this authority could not be thesame as the gift of healing. Finally, the operation of the authority to healdiffers markedly from the operation of the ―gift of healing.‖ See the sectionbelow. As in the ministry of Jesus and the early disciples, ministering to the sick(whether unbelievers or believers) in the context of preaching the gospel tothe lost is ―authority-based‖ and utilizes the giving of commands to diseaseand demons. In contrast, ministering to sick believers in the context ofchurch life is ―Spirit-based‖ and waits on the Holy Spirit to move and direct.Ministry to infirm believers relies on the gifts of the Holy Spirit as taught in1 Corinthians 12 and upon prayer according to James 5:14-16. Often thegift of healing, the word of knowledge and wisdom, and the gift ofdiscernment come into play. Power for healing miracles in evangelism, to some extent, can also beapplied to ministering healing to believers in accordance with James 5.14-16. The same basic principles are involved, but God deals with believersand unbelievers differently. We will examine this issue later. Another factoris the motivation: is it simply for alleviating a believer‘s pain, or for amiraculous sign that will draw souls to Christ? Of course, these are notmutually exclusive. There can be overlap between these two approaches.  People who minister via authority can use it to minister to infirm believers  People with the gift of healing can use it for preaching the gospel  People can at times shift from one approach to the other (see testimony below)Testimony from San Francisco SeminarA pastor who has an international prophetic and healing ministry attendedThe Elijah Challenge Seminar. She wrote the following report: ―Thursday night was my regular monthly ministry time at our churchshealing room. So I decided I would try to apply the principles I was learningin The Elijah Challenge Seminar. The first person we prayed for had a sore6
  • The Elijah Challenge Basic Primerback that had been hurting for a great number of years. My teammatesprayed more of what I would call ―petition‖ prayers asking Jesus to takeaway the pain, asking Jesus to remove generational curses, etc. I watchedthem pray for a bit and then when they sort of paused for a bit, I began―authority‖ prayer [that is, to speak directly to the pain with authority]. Assoon as I began that style prayer, things started happening.‖―First, the pain began to move. All of us on the team knew moving painmeant a demon, so we all began to command the demon to leave. It hadstarted in the lower back, and worked its way up the spinal cord andeventually was gone. The spirit of infirmity did not have a chance, with thethree of us evicting it and commanding it to leave. The spirit had stayedhidden during the petition prayer and did not manifest until we beganto exercise our authority by commanding it directly.FAILURE To Exercise The Authority Effectively Does Not Please TheLordMatthew 17:14 - When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesusand knelt before him. 15 ―Lord, have mercy on my son,‖ he said. ―He hasseizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into thewater. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.‖17 ―O unbelieving and perverse generation,‖ Jesus replied, ―how long shall Istay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Jesus is clearly displeased with his disciples‘ performance and rebukedthem severely for their failure. He clearly expected them to successfullyperform the miracle of driving out the demon from the boy. His thinking inthis regard could not be any more different from the theology and mindsetof the Church today. We would not dare rebuke any believer for failing todrive out a demon or failing to heal the sick.Bring the boy here to me.‖ 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out ofthe boy, and he was healed from that moment. 19 Then the disciples cameto Jesus in private and asked, ―Why couldn‘t we drive it out?‖ There are four reasons we give to explain why the sick are not healedwhen we minister to them: 1. It‘s not God’s will; 2. It‘s not God’s time; 3. The sick person has sin; 4. The sick person lacks faith.We hardly ever fault ourselves for a sick person not being healed when weminister to them. Rather we either ―blame‖ God or the infirm person. But while not denying that the above four reasons could at times havesome validity, what reason did Jesus give in this particular situation toexplain the boy not being healed?Matthew 17:20 He replied, ―Because you have so little faith. I tell you thetruth, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 7
  • The End-Time Model of Evangelism‗Move from here to there‘ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible foryou. 21 But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.‖ Jesus did not ascribe ―blame‖ for the lack of healing to God or the sickboy. Rather he faulted the disciples for their little faith. What is the natureof this ―mountain-moving faith‖ they lacked?MOUNTAIN-MOVING FAITHMark 11:14 - Then he said to the tree, ―May no one ever eat fruit from youagain.‖ And his disciples heard him say it. …20 In the morning, as theywent along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peterremembered and said to Jesus, ―Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed haswithered!‖ 22 ―Have faith in God [literally, ‘have faith of God’],‖ Jesusanswered. 23 ―I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‗Go,throw yourself into the sea,‘ and does not doubt in his heart butbelieves that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you havereceived it, and it will be yours. The ‗faith of God‘ is equivalent to mountain-moving faith. This is the faith the disciples lacked as they tried to cast out thepowerful demon of epilepsy. They doubted, they were not confident thedemon had to obey them. We must have mountain-moving faith (the ‗faithof God‘) if we are going to heal the sick and cast out demons for theadvancement of the Kingdom of God---for souls to receive the gospel. This‗faith of God‘ is based on the word of God which tells us that Christ hasgiven us a measure of authority for the sake of the gospel. This is not―faith in our faith.‖ With utmost confidence and boldness we exerciseauthority over demons and disease that oppress people because Scripturesays we have been given that authority for the sake of the gospel. However, authority by itself is not enough. If a believer wavers in doubtas he rebukes disease and demons, they will not leave even though he hasbeen given authority over them. The commands must be spoken forth withno doubt, with the faith of God, with complete conviction. Does God have ‗faith that moves mountains?‘ If He should speak to amountain and command it to move, would He ever doubt that the mountainwould obey Him? When God said, ―Let there be light,‖ did He have anydoubt that the light would obey His command? When Jesus spoke to the figtree, did he entertain any doubt that the fit tree would obey him and die?God does not doubt when He issues a command, for He knows His authorityas God; all things must obey Him. This is the ‗faith of God‘. Jesus knew hehad been given authority, and so when he gave commands he had no doubtthat they would be obeyed. Thus the ability to exercise the ‗faith of God‘ isrelated to understanding one‘s authority. Believers also have a measure ofauthority over disease and demons given to us by Jesus, and we must notdoubt that they will obey us when we command them to leave. This is the‗faith of God‘ that releases the power and anointing to accomplish themiracle for the sake of the gospel. An everyday example: when you command your pet dog to ―sit,‖ you donot fear or doubt that he will disobey your command. Thus you do not give8
  • The Elijah Challenge Basic Primerthe command timidly or tentatively, fearing possible embarrassment shouldyour dog not sit as you command. Rather you command him authoritativelyand with the faith of God. ―SIT!‖ This ‗faith of God‘ can be increased by prayer and fasting (Matthew17:21).Authority Can Be Compared To Talents Given By A Master To HisServantsMatthew 25:28 – ―Take the talent from him and give it to the one who hasthe ten talents. 29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he willhave an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will betaken from him‖.Luke 16:10 - ―Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trustedwith much”. The measure of authority given to every witness can be compared to thediffering measure of talents that the Lord entrusts to each believeraccording to his ability. If the witness is faithful in using his measure ofauthority for winning souls, he or she will receive more authority and will beable to do greater works. However, if he is ―afraid‖ to use the authority toheal the sick for fear that ―nothing will happen,‖ that authority might betaken away. The measure of authority given can vary from believer to believer. Themore authority given to us, the more proficient we are in healing the sickand casting out demons for the gospel. Lesser demons and minor infirmities require a lower level of authority tominister the healing or deliverance. More powerful demons and more severeinfirmities require a higher degree of authority. For example, it takesgreater authority to cast out a demon of epilepsy or to minister healing tothe blind than to minister healing to someone suffering from a headache.HEALING IN THE BOOK OF ACTSHow did Peter and Paul minister healing in Acts after the Holy Spiritcame on the Day of Pentecost and the gift of healing was madeavailable to them?Acts 3:1 - One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the timeof prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man crippled from birth wasbeing carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put everyday to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peterand John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straightat him, as did John. Then Peter said, ―Look at us!‖ 5 So the man gave themhis attention, expecting to get something from them. 6 Then Peter said,―Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name ofJesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.‖ 7 Taking him by the right hand, hehelped him up, and instantly the man‘s feet and ankles became strong. 8He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into thetemple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9
  • The End-Time Model of Evangelism Note that Peter did not pray for the beggar‘s healing, but simplycommanded him to walk in Jesus‘ name. This was not the gift of healing inoperation during a gathering of believers, but the exercise of authority.Peter had likely met this man on previous days when going to the Temple topray. However because Peter may have felt that he lacked sufficientauthority to heal such an extremely severe infirmity, he did not dare to takeaction until he was prompted by the Holy Spirit, perhaps through a ―rhema‖given to him at that moment at the Temple Gate. Where we lack authorityto take action, we should wait on the Lord.Acts 3:11 - While the beggar held on to Peter and John, all the people wereastonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon‘sColonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: ―Men of Israel, whydoes this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power orgodliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac andJacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. …. 16 By faithin the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong.It is Jesus‘ name and the faith that comes through him that has giventhis complete healing to him, as you can all see. Acts 4:4 - But many ofthose who heard the Word believed; and the number of the men was aboutfive thousand. …22 For the man who was miraculously healed was overforty years old. Upon receiving the Spirit‘s prompting to take action, Peter commandedthe ―mountain‖ to move---the lame beggar to walk---with the faith thatcomes through Jesus, the ―faith of God.‖ Here Peter explains that themiracle is a result of: 1. Faith in the name of Jesus 2. The mountain-moving faith (‗faith of God‘) that comes through Him.Acts 9:32 - As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the saintsin Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, a paralytic who hadbeen bedridden for eight years. 34 ―Aeneas,‖ Peter said to him, ―JesusChrist heals you. Get up and take care of your mat.‖ ImmediatelyAeneas got up. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him andturned to the Lord. Again, the gift of healing was not operating through Peter at thatmoment; he instead exercises his authority over the infirmity. Note thatPeter does not pray for Aeneas or wait on the Lord. He simply heals himwithout delay in the name of the Lord. Aeneas‘ paralysis of only eight yearswas easy to heal compared to the forty-plus year condition of the beggarhealed at the Temple Gate. Where we know we have sufficient authority totake action, we generally do not need to pray extensively or wait on theLord.THE RESURRECTION OF DORCASActs 9:39 - Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was takenupstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showinghim the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was stillwith them. 40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down onhis knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said,―Tabitha, get up.‖ She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the10
  • The Elijah Challenge Basic Primerbelievers and the widows and presented her to them alive. 42 This becameknown all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. This miracle took place in two distinct stages: prayer to the Lordfollowed by an authoritative command to the dead woman. Unlike the firsttwo healing miracles where Peter did not first pause to pray, he got down onhis knees to seek the Lord. Raising the dead is different from healing thesick, both in terms of the faith and authority required as well as in thedetermination of God‘s will. Therefore Peter humbled himself before theLord on his knees in prayer in order to discern the Lord‘s will regarding thematter and to receive greater mountain-moving faith to raise the deadwoman. The second stage was completely different in nature from the firststage---Peter likely stood up and then turned to face the woman. Withmountain-moving faith and authority he boldly commanded the deadwoman to get up. In the first stage as he prays on his knees Peter has noauthority before his Lord. In the second stage he stands up, gives acommand to the dead woman, and exercises his authority which is now at amaximum. During this second stage Dorcas rises from the dead.DO NOT MIX PRAYING AND COMMANDING The miracle took place during the second stage and not during the firststage of prayer. The two phases should not be mixed. The first is speakingto our Holy Father before whom we have no authority; the second is acommand with full authority to a disease or demon which has been placedunder us. Many believers unscripturally mix the two phases when they say:―Father, in the name of Jesus, we command this person to be healed.‖ Whenone mixes prayer and commanding in the same breath, one‘s authority isdiluted, weakened, and compromised. The consequence of mixing prayingcommanding is usually failure to heal the sick or drive out the demon. The traditional practice of mixing the prayer and the command is likelyrooted in our fear and doubt that we can heal the sick person, and so weask the Lord to help us to do the miracle. What is the consequence ofdoubting that we can do what the Lord has commanded us to do, ofdoubting that we can heal the sick as commanded by the Lord to do whenwe proclaim the kingdom of God?―Failure‖ And Subsequent SinkingMatthew 14:25 - During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out tothem, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on thelake, they were terrified. ―It‘s a ghost,‖ they said, and cried out in fear.27 But Jesus immediately said to them: ―Take courage! It is I. Don‘t beafraid.‖28 ―Lord, if it‘s you,‖ Peter replied, ―tell me to come to you on the water.‖29 ―Come,‖ he said.Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towardJesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning tosink, cried out, ―Lord, save me!‖ 31 Immediately Jesus reached out hishand and caught him. ―You of little faith,‖ he said, ―why did youdoubt?‖ 11
  • The End-Time Model of Evangelism Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on the water after Jesuscommanded him to. But when he became afraid and began to doubt, hesank. Jesus rebuked him for his doubt. Exactly what did Peter doubt? He didnot doubt the Lord‘s power to walk on the water. But rather he doubtedthat he could walk on the water as Jesus had commanded him. In thisregard Peter lacked the ‗faith of God‘, which does not doubt. Jesus wasdispleased with Peter‘s cry because He had already commanded him tocome walk on the water and expected him to obey the commandsuccessfully. Jesus also commands us to heal the sick as we preach the gospel (Luke10:9). But what happens when we waver as we minister healing to thesick? We ―sink,‖ the sick are often not healed. Of course, Jesus can healdirectly despite our unbelief, although this is not his preferred way.Ultimately Jesus saved Peter from drowning, but he rebuked Peter for hisdoubt. To doubt here means to waver regarding our ability to successfullyobey the Lord’s command. In wavering there is no authority. Thus when we mix prayer and commanding in the hearing of demonsand diseases when attempting to drive them out, they know that we doubtand therefore lack the ―faith of God.‖ Even though they are under ourauthority, they do not have to obey us because we lack this faith whencommanding them to go. Thus authority in itself is insufficient to drive outan infirmity or demon. We must also give the command to the disease ordemon with absolute finality and the ―faith of God.‖ This is why the disciplesfailed to drive out the demon of epilepsy. As an example, if we lack the tone of absolute authority in our voicewhen we command our pet dog to sit---instead we speak to him gently andsoftly---he will likely not obey our command. Likewise when we command afive-year-old child to stop misbehaving, we must raise our voice and speakauthoritatively and without any indecision. In both of these examples, weare exercising the ―faith of God.‖ In the military, officers are taught how togive commands to their men. If their commands are not given with absolutefinality and with ―the faith of God,‖ their men may disobey their commandat the very worst moment---on the battlefield.The Faith Of God And Fear Are OppositesMatthew 8:23 - Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the wavesswept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went andwoke him, saying, ―Lord, save us! We‘re going to drown!‖ 26 He replied,―You of little faith, why are you so afraid?‖ Then he got up andrebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The menwere amazed and asked, ―What kind of man is this? Even the winds and thewaves obey him!‖ The Lord rebuked the disciples for crying out to him to save them frompossible drowning in the waves; he was very displeased at their fear andlack of faith. What kind of faith did they lack? They lacked mountain-movingfaith, the faith of God. What did Jesus expect them to do? He expectedthem to use their authority to rebuke the winds and the waves themselves.12
  • The Elijah Challenge Basic Primer In all three cases above involving Jesus rebuking his disciples---failing todrive out the epileptic demon; Peter sinking; failing to rebuke the storm---itwas because they had failed in some way to perform a miracle. They failedin each case because they lacked the faith of God.THE TWO KINDS OF FAITH Faith in God: ―I know the Lord can do it.‖ Faith of God: ―I know I can do it because I have been given theauthority and the ability and the command from the Lord to do it.‖ God “faith in God” God” Disciples of Jesus Christ “faith of God” God” Sin & disease & demonsFaith of GodMark 11:23 ―I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‗Go, throwyourself into the sea,‘ and does not doubt in his heart but believes thatwhat he says will happen, it will be done for him.Faith in GodMark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe thatyou have received it, and it will be yours.Sin & ForgivenessMark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything againstanyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you yoursins.‖ God Priestly anointing Disciples of Jesus Christ Kingly anointing Sin & disease & demons 13
  • The End-Time Model of Evangelism Directions Priestly anointing: up Prophetic: horizontal Kingly: downJESUS WAS BOTH KING and PRIESTMark 1:35 - Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight,He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. 36 AndSimon and those who were with Him searched for Him. 37 When they foundHim, they said to Him, ―Everyone is looking for You.‖ 38 But He said tothem, ―Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, becausefor this purpose I have come forth.‖ 39 And He was preaching in theirsynagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons. When Jesus prayed to the Father, he worshipped Him and madeintercession on behalf of himself and his disciples---this was his role aspriest. (Of course, his greatest priestly act was offering himself as a sinoffering for us on the cross.) In contrast, he exercised his authority andoffice as king when he cast out demons and healed the sick by speakingforth commands. From the above Scriptures, the two functions are clearlyseparate and distinguishable. Hebrews 4:14 - Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who haspassed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast ourconfession. Hebrews 7:25 - Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost thosewho come to God through Him, since He always lives to makeintercession for them. Revelation 19:16 - And He has on His robe and on His thigh a namewritten: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.Disciples Of Christ Are Also Kings And PriestsRevelation 1:6 - …and has made us kings and priests to His God andFather, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (NKJV) Like Christ, we also minister in both contrasting ways---as priests, weoffer sacrifices of praise and good works, and we intercede before theFather. As kings, we exercise our authority in part by healing the sick andcasting out demons for the sake of the gospel. Kings command with authority, while priests offer sacrifices andintercede between God and man. In his ministry Jesus spoke with authorityto diseases and demons and at other times he interceded humbly before his14
  • The Elijah Challenge Basic PrimerFather. These were separate and distinguishable offices. Let us not confusethese two functions in our ministry. First pray to the Lord who is over us inauthority, and then speak forth with the faith of God against the works ofthe enemy which are under our authority. Finally, the prophetic anointing is for use in speaking forth God‘s wordsto the Church or to the world---to those things that are neither over us norunder us in terms of authority. Thus the direction of the prophetic anointingis neither up nor down, but horizontal.The Healing Ministry Of The Apostle PaulActs 14.8 - In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lamefrom birth and had never walked. 9 He listened to Paul as he was speaking.Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed 10 andcalled out, ―Stand up on your feet!‖ At that, the man jumped up andbegan to walk. Only Paul‘s mountain-moving faith combined with the lame man‘sfaith in the name of Christ resulted in the miracle. The apostle Paul likelyhad the gift of healing, but here he used the authority to heal.Acts 28:7 - There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chiefofficial of the island. He welcomed us to his home and for three daysentertained us hospitably. 8 His father was sick in bed, suffering from feverand dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed hishands on him and healed him. 9 When this had happened, the rest ofthe sick on the island came and were cured. Paul did pray, but the miraculous healing took place not during prayer,but only after prayer when Paul laid hands on the man.The healthy balance between: Waiting for a ―rhema‖ or leading from the Lord before ministering to theinfirm, and By faith using the authority the Lord has already given us to heal thesick according to the ―logos‖ or the written word. ―Heal the sick, and tellthem ‗the kingdom of God is near you.‘‖ (Luke 10:9) See John 5:19-27 for instances of both approaches in the relationshipbetween Jesus and His Father.The Consequence Of Fear And Unbelief Fear and unbelief ultimately lead to disobedience and rebellion againstthe Lord‘s command (Numbers 13:25-32; Numbers 14:6-24; Hebrews3:16-19) The Lord‘s command is: heal the sick, proclaim the Kingdom of God,and fulfill the Great Commission.The Lord Commands Us To Be Strong And CourageousJoshua 1:6 - ―Be strong and courageous, because you will lead thesepeople to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be 15
  • The End-Time Model of Evangelismstrong and very courageous… …9 Have I not commanded you? Bestrong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, forthe LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.‖ For those believers who want to take the Promised Land---possiblyinterpreted as fulfilling the Great Commission and ushering in the SecondComing---being strong and courageous are not optional, but commandsfrom the Lord.To do the works of God… we must have the authority of God and the faith of God.LAYING HANDS ON THE SICKMark 5:24 - …A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And awoman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and hadspent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 Whenshe heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touchedhis cloak, 28 because she thought, ―if I just touch his clothes, I will behealed.‖ 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her bodythat she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that powerhad gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, ―Whotouched my clothes?‖ 31 ―You see the people crowding against you,‖ hisdisciples answered, ―and yet you can ask, ‗Who touched me?‘‖ 32 ButJesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman…toldhim the whole truth. 34 He said to her, ―Daughter, your faith has healedyou. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.‖ The healing took place when the woman made physical contact withJesus through his clothing. The healing power was transmitted from withinJesus into the woman‘s body through the touch. This power was residentwithin Jesus. Now, Jesus lives in us through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Hispower is now at work in us (Ephesians 3.20). This may in part be thedynamic behind the laying on of believers‘ hands in ministering to the sick.Where Should We Lay Our Hands On The Infirm Person?Mark 7:32 - There some people brought to him a man who was deaf andcould hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man. 33After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers intothe man‘s ears. Then he spit and touched the man‘s tongue. 34 He lookedup to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, ―Ephphatha!‖ (which means,―Be opened!‖). 35 At this, the man‘s ears were opened, his tongue wasloosened and he began to speak plainly. Jesus heals a deaf man by inserting His fingers into the man’s ears.Again, the power to heal was transmitted from Jesus‘ fingers into the man‘sears as physical contact was made. (Jesus also commanded the deaf ears tobe opened.) Jesus spit and then touched the man‘s tongue. For us spitting is likelynot permitted by our culture. Note that Jesus also made physical contactwith the man’s tongue, transmitting healing virtue to loosen it.16
  • The Elijah Challenge Basic PrimerMark 8:22 - They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind manand begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand andled him outside the village. When he had spit on the man‘s eyes and put hishands on him, Jesus asked, ―Do you see anything?‖24 He looked up and said, ―I see people; they look like trees walkingaround.‖25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man‘s eyes. Then his eyeswere opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Note that Jesus laid his hands on the man‘s blind eyes, the location ofthe infirmity. Persistence - At first, the man‘s eyesight was only partially healed. Inthis instance Jesus did not accept this outcome as the Father‘s will for theman, e.g., ―to teach him patience.‖ Rather, Jesus ministered again to him,after which his eyes were completely healed. In the same way, progressivehealing can take place when believers persist in ministering to the sick asJesus did. If at times Jesus had to minister more than once before thehealing was complete, it may take us disciples several times. When Jesus asked the man if he could see anything, the man respondedaccurately. He did not ―claim his healing by faith.‖ In the same way, wewant accurate feedback from the person to whom we are ministering sothat if necessary we may continue and complete the healing.HEALING AT A DISTANCE and MASS HEALINGLuke 7:2 - There a centurion‘s servant, whom his master valued highly, wassick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some eldersof the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant… 6 So Jesuswent with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sentfriends to say to him: ―Lord, don‘t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve tohave you come under my roof. 7 …But say the word, and my servant willbe healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiersunder me. I tell this one, ‗Go,‘ and he goes; and that one, ‗Come,‘ andhe comes. I say to my servant, ‗Do this,‘ and he does it.‖ 9 WhenJesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd followinghim, he said, ―I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.‖10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found theservant well. The centurion, being a military man, understood well the nature ofauthority. It does not depend upon physical proximity to the person orthing being commanded or spoken to. If the command is given by onehaving authority, it will be obeyed regardless of the distance between thesuperior and the subordinate. Thus Jesus could command healing from adistance. Our commander-in-chief, Jesus, has given us a measure of thisauthority to heal the sick for the sake of the gospel. This explains howmiracles can take place over the telephone through prayer, as well as theministry of mass healing in large evangelistic crusades. Just as distancedoes not have any effect on authority, neither does the factor of numbers. Ageneral can command a single soldier just as he can command 10,000without any attrition in his authority. A crusade evangelist can speak 17
  • The End-Time Model of Evangelismcommands over a large crowd of people with infirmities, and some diseasesand demons will obey and go. Jesus was amazed at the centurion‘s faith because he not only had faithin God to heal, but also understand the faith of God and its relationship tothe exercise of authority. Perhaps complete faith involves both kinds offaith. Authority (or exousia in Greek) is that which is utilized for healing at adistance; power (dunamis in Greek) is that which is transferred through thelaying on of hands. Whenever possible, it is best to both exercise authorityas well as lay hands on the infirm. Simply, two are better than one. Generally speaking, we have been given a measure of authority tocommand disease and demons, but this is subject to the will and purpose ofour Commander-in-Chief. Thus at times the miracles we witness may begreater than the actual level of our authority. When it is not God‘s will toheal, the miracles will not happen despite our exercise of authority. God issovereign.COMPARISON: Current Mass Evangelism vs. the End TimeModelThe Current Model of Mass Evangelism Mass evangelism usually focuses on a single gifted preacher whoperforms most of the ministry in a big-budget, high-profile Crusadeattended by tens of thousands of people. He (or she) can be a verypowerful and anointed speaker. Many sinners may convert to Christ whenthe invitation is given. Outside of the industrialized West in undeveloped or developing nations,mass Crusades are much larger and involve an added dimension:miraculous healings of the infirm. But as in the West, the one anointedservant of God does all the preaching and the many miracles take placeonly as he ministers or prays for the sick. After the Crusade is over, themiracles cease and the excitement dies down. It is generally back tobusiness as usual in the participating churches after the anointed servant ofGod leaves. Generally, only charismatic or pentecostal churches are involved in suchhealing Crusades, and evangelical churches choose not to participate. Thispotentially erodes the unity of the body of Christ. The primary goal of mass evangelism is the fulfillment of the GreatCommission. This goes beyond simply preaching the gospel. The GreatCommission also includes discipling the nations and new believers afterthey receive Christ. Therefore participating local churches should begrowing if mass evangelism is performing its intended function. But this isnot generally the case. Normally, only a tiny percentage of people accepting Christ at a Crusadeactually ends up joining and being discipled in a local church. The rest are"lost." The follow-up is very ineffective.18
  • The Elijah Challenge Basic PrimerThe End Time Model of Evangelism In this model based on John 14:12, "ordinary" disciples of Christ willpreach the gospel and minister miraculous healing if desired in low-budget,low-profile, relatively small (or even one-on-one) meetings. When thelisteners see the miracles and hear the gospel, their hearts will be open toaccepting Christ. The new believers will be followed up or discipled by the concernedfriend, family member, business associate, or acquaintance who bringsthem to Christ at the meeting. Such personal follow-up of new believers willbe more effective than the impersonal follow up after large mass crusades. The End Time Model can be used in small home meetings, Bible studies,as well as in personal, one-on-one evangelism in the marketplace This kind of evangelism involving miraculous healings and thedemonstration of the Spirits power is through ordinary disciples andtherefore not dependent on the presence of a specially gifted and anointedminister. As such, evangelism of this kind can be an ongoing and continuousfeature of the life of every local church. This model of evangelism is not based explicitly on the charismatic giftsof the Holy Spirit but rather on principles gleaned from the ministry of JesusHimself. Thus both conservative evangelical as well as CharismaticPentecostal believers are able to preach the gospel and even work togetheraccording to this scriptural model. When every church is equipped with the new model of evangelism, theBody of Christ will be significantly closer to the fulfillment of the GreatCommission.This Authority Is Not A Special Gift Of HealingJohn 14:12 - I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do whatI have been doing… We do not need the ―gift of healing‖ to do the miracles that Christ did.We only need to have the same all-consuming mission that He had---toadvance the Kingdom of God. When we preach the gospel and commandwith authority, miracles follow.Mark 16:15 - He said to them, ―Go into all the world and preach the goodnews to all creation. 17…And these signs will accompany those who believe:In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18…they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.‖ Every believer who goes forth to preach the gospel is enabled to driveout demons in the name of Jesus, and to lay hands on the sick to ministerhealing as confirmation of the gospel message. This authority is to bedistinguished from the ―gift of healing,‖ which not all believers have beengiven. (N.B. The earliest Greek manuscripts of Mark‘s gospel do not contain16:9-20.) 19
  • The End-Time Model of EvangelismIn Contrast, The ―Gifts Of Healings‖Acts 5:15 - As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laidthem on beds and mats so that at least Peter‘s shadow might fall on someof them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns aroundJerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all ofthem were healed. This was a manifestation of the ―gifts of healings‖ that are taught in 1Corinthians 12. With such gifts, the miracles as in the case of Peter‘sshadow can be effortless---directly by the Lord---and may not depend uponour authority, mountain-moving faith, or commands. As Peter‘s shadow fellon the sick, the Lord healed them directly, not through Peter through theexercise of authority. There are different manifestations or forms of the gifts of healings. Somemay simply pray quietly and ask the Lord to heal, and He graciouslyanswers. Others might be leading worship in a gathering of believers, and ahealing anointing appears to heal the sick. Still others might lay hands onthe sick, and they are healed as they are ―overcome by the Spirit.‖ In allthese cases the believer is not healing the infirm by utilizing authority;rather the Lord Himself is directly healing.INCREASING MOUNTAIN-MOVING FAITHLuke 17:1 - Jesus said to his disciples: ―Things that cause people to sin arebound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. 2 Itwould be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tiedaround his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 3 Sowatch yourselves. ―If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents,forgive him. 4 If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven timescomes back to you and says, ‗I repent,‘ forgive him.‖5 The apostles said to the Lord, ―Increase our faith!‖ 6 He replied, ―Ifyou have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‗Beuprooted and planted in the sea,‘ and it will obey you. 7 ―Suppose one ofyou had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to theservant when he comes in from the field, ‗Come along now and sit down toeat‘? 8 Would he not rather say, ‗Prepare my supper, get yourself ready andwait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink?‘ 9Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 Soyou also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say,‗We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.‘‖ Jesus taught his disciples to watch out for those people or things thatcause us to sin. We are also not to cause others to sin. In particular, hefocuses on the sin of unforgiveness. (If we do not forgive others, our Fatherin heaven will not forgive us our sins.) Jesus teaches us to forgive someoneeven seven times in a single day. Forgiving someone from one‘s heart evenonce is difficult; seven times in a day would be impossible for our weakhuman nature---tantamount to performing a miracle. The apostles wereaware of this, and asked for increased faith to deal with it. In reply, Jesus teaches us about the faith that commands obediencefrom a mulberry tree, closely related to mountain-moving faith. This is the20
  • The Elijah Challenge Basic Primerfaith that can command and move the sin of unforgiveness into the sea.Then Jesus describes the relationship between a master and his servant. Itwould be unimaginable for the master to serve his servant or coddle him inany way. Instead, he treats his servant most strictly. The master demandsand expects instant obedience from him and is not surprised when heobeys. This is precisely how we are to treat our flesh which through ChristJesus is now under our authority (Romans 8:13). As such, it is to beregarded as our servant. When our flesh ―comes back from the field‖ andknocks at our door tempting us to sin in some way, for example, throughbitterness or unforgiveness or for men through the sin of pornography, weare not to receive him by serving him and sitting down to eat with him. No,we treat him strictly, we rebuke him in Jesus‘ name with mountain-movingfaith and command him to go back out to the fields for more hard labor.Since he is under our authority, he will obey us. We will be able to obey Godand overcome the weakness of our flesh. The key here is promptlyresponding to our flesh with the utmost strictness and authority.If instead we invite him to sit down at our table to sup with us, he willtempt us with more enticements and we may end up sinning against God.There will be unpleasant consequences. Even the great apostle Paul was concerned about being ―disqualified forthe prize‖ after preaching to others. The danger was from sin. See 1Corinthians 9:24 to 2 Corinthians 10:13.Disease And Demons Have Been Placed Under Our Authority For TheSake Of The Gospel And Can Also Be Considered As ―Servants‖ Since they are like ―servants,‖ we should expect disease and demons toobey us in the name of Jesus. We are not surprised or astonished whenthey do; we do not thank them for obeying us. They must obey us, for theyare ―servants‖ who help us win souls and glorify God by leaving accordingto our command. We have been given authority over them. When weperform miraculous healings we have not necessarily become ―great‖ or―specially-anointed‖ servants of God. Rather we are simply using theauthority freely given to us as we were taught and commanded by the Lord.We are simply doing our duty as unworthy servants.John 9:1 - Now as Jesus passed by, he saw a man who was blind frombirth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, ―Rabbi, who sinned, this manor his parents, that he was born blind?‖ 3 Jesus answered, ―Neither thisman nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should berevealed in him. God in His power and wisdom can even use diseases and the work ofSatan to glorify Himself as infirm and demonized people are healed in thename of Jesus Christ at our command. If you want mountain-moving faith to drive out diseases and demonssafely, learn to subdue your flesh through mountain-moving faith. 21
  • The End-Time Model of EvangelismMINISTERING TO SICK BELIEVERS(an alternate interpretation of James 5:14)Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and letthem pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.15 Andthe prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And ifhe has committed sins, he will be forgiven.16 Confess your trespasses toone another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. Theeffective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. This is the only verse in the New Testament where the phrase ‗pray over‘is found. Elsewhere, such as James 5.16, the phrase used is ‗pray for.‘ Ibelieve the difference in the prepositions is significant. ‗Pray for‘ refers tointercession on behalf of the sick believer and asking the Father to healhim. ‗Pray over‘ (literally, ‗pray on‘ or ‗pray over‘) may refer to thesubsequent laying on of hands with the command for healing (‗prayer offaith‘) in the name of Jesus. With believers, they must first repent of anysin. In contrast, sinners were not required to repent before Jesus healedthem. Only after they were healed did they repent and receive him as theirMessiah. In our experience of course we do not see the Lord healingeveryone, just as he did not save everyone. God is sovereign. The Greek word epi (pray ‗over‘) is a preposition that is almost alwaysfound to describe the relative physical position between two objects: ―upon,on, at, by, before, of position, over, against, to, over, across.‖ For example,to ―lay hands on the sick.‖ In contrast, the word huper (pray ‗for‘) almostalways means ―in behalf of, for the sake of,‖ as in ―to pray for someone.‖Surprisingly, rarely in the New Testament do we find the concept of askingthe Lord to heal the sick directly. Rather, we do find many instances ofbelievers laying hands on the sick and commanding their healing in Jesus‘name. It is of course proper to pray for the sick, but after the prayer weshould follow the pattern of Jesus and the early disciples by commandingthe sick to be healed. It is during the ―prayer of faith‖ with the laying on ofhands upon the sick and anointing with oil when the actual healing occurs.BROADER AUTHORITYBROADER AUTHORITY In The Context Of Preaching The GospelActs 13:6 - And when they had gone through the whole island unto Paphos,they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-Jesus; 7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man ofunderstanding. The same called unto him Barnabas and Saul, and sought tohear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name byinterpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn aside the proconsul fromthe faith. 9 Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked straight at Elymas and said, 10 ―You are a child of the devil and anenemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit andtrickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? 11 Nowthe hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind, and for atime you will be unable to see the light of the sun.‖ Immediately mistand darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone tolead him by the hand. 12 When the proconsul saw what had happened, hebelieved, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.22
  • The Elijah Challenge Basic Primer The Lord wanted to stop the sorcerer from standing in the way of theinfluential proconsul‘s salvation. How? The Holy Spirit led Paul not to prayand ask God to bless (―love your enemies‖) or to remove him, but to speaka curse upon him. Elymas was a child of the devil and an enemy ofeverything that was right, an agent of Satan‘s kingdom. Thus Paul used hisauthority to remove this obstacle to the advancement of God‘s kingdom.When Paul spoke, he spoke with holy anger and ―mountain-moving faith‖ toplace temporary blindness on Elymas. The result was the salvation of aninfluential public official on the island. Witnesses of Christ have authoritynot only to bless with healing and deliverance, but in certain limitedcircumstances, to curse as well in the context of the proclamation of thegospel. We have seen authority and mountain-moving faith drive away stormsfrom open-air crusades and before the eyes of non-believers to bring gloryto God.FAITH IS ADDITIVEActs 14:8 - In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lamefrom birth and had never walked. 9 He listened to Paul as he was speaking.Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed 10 and calledout, ―Stand up on your feet!‖ At that, the man jumped up and began towalk. Two people had faith which contributed to this miraculous healing. Thecripple had faith in God to be healed. However, he was not healed until Pauladded his own mountain-moving faith by commanding the cripple to standup. The cripple‘s faith and Paul‘s faith combined to result in the miracle. It isalways helpful when those needing healing have faith to be healed.Conversely, if they have ―negative‖ faith regarding healing, it will evensubtract from the faith of the minister and make the healing very difficult ifnot impossible.SPIRITS which cause INFIRMITIES Some diseases, though not all, are caused by evil spirits.Luke 13:10 - On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues,11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteenyears. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesussaw her, he called her forward and said to her, ―Woman, you are set freefrom your infirmity.‖ 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately shestraightened up and praised God. Jesus laid his hands on this woman, and it appears the spirit of infirmityleft her. It might not be unscriptural to lay on hands when casting outdemons.Luke 11:14 - Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When thedemon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd wasamazed. This demon caused muteness in the man. Such demons must generallybe driven out before the condition can be reversed. 23
  • The End-Time Model of EvangelismMark 9:25 - When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, herebuked the evil spirit. ―You deaf and mute spirit,‖ he said, ―I commandyou, come out of him and never enter him again.‖ This demon rendered the boy unable to hear or speak.Matthew 12:22 - Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who wasblind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. This demon made the man both blind and mute. After the demons left,the man was healed.Do Not Be Afraid To Drive Out DemonsLuke 10:17 - The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ―Lord, even thedemons submit to us in your name.‖ 18 He replied, ―I saw Satan fall likelightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakesand scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing willharm you. Jesus gives us authority to drive out demons that attack and oppresspeople on earth. This does not include authority to rebuke or commanddemonic powers or principalities directly. Their activity is not on earth, butin the heavenlies.Why Do Infirmities Sometimes Return?Luke 11:24 - ―When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through aridplaces seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to thehouse I left.’ 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put inorder. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself,and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worsethan the first.‖ John 5:14 Later Jesus… said to him, ―See, you are wellagain. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” Evil spirits, including those which cause infirmities, may attempt toreturn to afflict the person who has been healed. In such cases, the personmay feel the symptoms returning, or resurface in another part of his body.The person should repent and receive Jesus, live a life of obedience, and fillhis ―house‖ with the presence of the Holy Spirit. He should resolutelyrefuse to accept the infirmity back in the name of Jesus. He should sternlyrebuke the spirit and refuse him in Jesus‘ name. This is ―war.‖ If thebeliever persists in this, the spirit will eventually give up and no longerreturn….he will be forced to look for ―another house.‖ The devil is incensedwhen his works are destroyed, and does not give up easily. Some infirmities, as it is with demons and the flesh, are stubborn---theydo not leave easily. James 4:7 teaches us to ―resist the devil, and he willflee from you.‖ This is obviously not a one-time act, but an attitudesubmission to God and of vigilance toward the devil. Now with regard tothe flesh, Romans 8:13 teaches us, ―For if you live according to the sinfulnature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds ofthe body, you will live…‖ Just as we resist the devil forcefully, we are by theSpirit to continue to put our flesh to death in like manner.24
  • The Elijah Challenge Basic PrimerMatthew 5:29 - If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throwit away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for yourwhole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you tosin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of yourbody than for your whole body to go into hell. Jesus is obviously not counseling us to commit physical violence againstour bodies when we sin, but rather, because of its dire consequences,directing us to deal with our flesh ―violently‖ in a metaphoric sense andwithout compromise. In the same way, infirmities, which can indirectly (and ultimately) belinked to sin and the work of the devil, must be resisted and refused in thename of Jesus. Believers have been given this authority. This is theprinciple behind ―maintaining‖ the healing that people receive from theLord.PROTECTING YOUR LOVED ONES from infirmities Use your authority over disease and demons to protect your familymembers and children. Before you rush your loved one to the doctor innon-emergency situations, rebuke the infirmity like a ―mother bear robbedof her cubs!‖ It is even possible to lay your hand on an infirmity in your ownbody and exercise authority over it in Jesus’ name.KEEPING THE PROPER BALANCEMatthew 7:15 - ―Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep‘sclothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you willrecognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs fromthistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bearsbad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot beargood fruit. 19 ―Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down andthrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 21Not everyone who says to me, ‗Lord, Lord,‘ will enter the kingdom ofheaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‗Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in yourname, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?‘ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‗I never knew you. Away from me, youevildoers!‘‖ Power to perform miracles and win souls does not necessarily mean thatwe are saved. Even Judas Iscariot, as one of the Twelve, was given thisauthority (Luke 9:1-2). Rather, it is saving faith that leads to the fruit ofrepentance---holiness, humility, and the fruit of the Spirit---that providesthe evidence of our salvation. Seen in this specific context, the fruit of theHoly Spirit is more important than the power of the Holy Spirit. Similarly,prayer is more important than commanding. In the context of our salvation,saving faith in God is more important than mountain-moving faith, the ‗faithof God‘. 25
  • The End-Time Model of EvangelismGalatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control... The fruit of the Holy Spirit---humility, holiness, having the character ofJesus Christ---are the outward signs of a true servant of God. Who therefore are the false prophets, the ferocious wolves for whomJesus warns us to watch out? The word translated ferocious means―rapacious‖ as ―excessively grasping or covetous‖ and ―living on prey.‖Wolves prey on sheep, the Church, to satisfy their excessive covetousness.1 Timothy 6:3 - If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to thesound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 he isconceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest incontroversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicioustalk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between men of corrupt mind,who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a meansto financial gain.6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothinginto the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food andclothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall intotemptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires thatplunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root ofall kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from thefaith and pierced themselves with many griefs.11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness,godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. In view of certain teachings enjoying wide circulation in the Churchtoday, it is clear who these false prophets are.2 Peter 2:1 - But there were also false prophets among the people, just asthere will be false teachers among you… 2 Many will follow their shamefulways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greedthese teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. …14 Witheyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable;they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 15 They have left thestraight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, wholoved the wages of wickedness. (Jude 11 Woe to them! They have taken theway of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam‘s error...) …2 Peter2:17 These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm.Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18 For they mouth empty, boastfulwords and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, theyentice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. Jesus commands us to watch out for false prophets even if they are ableto prophesy, drive out demons, perform miracles in Jesus‘ name, and evenhave worldwide ministries. We are to stay away from them lest we bedeceived by their false teaching which tickles our ears and massages ourflesh.26
  • The Elijah Challenge Basic PrimerWHY DID CAIN FALL?Genesis 4:2 - …Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In thecourse of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering tothe LORD. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of hisflock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cainand his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and hisface was downcast.6 Then the LORD said to Cain, ―Why are you angry? Why is your facedowncast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you donot do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you,but you must master it.” Cain later killed his brother because he failed to master the sin that wascrouching as his door. Instead, sin mastered Cain and he became theworld‘s first murderer. Through Jesus Christ our sin nature is under ourauthority and we are able to master it. But we must understand how toexercise that authority: we rebuke it with mountain-moving faith.Do Not Become Obsessed With Power And AuthorityLuke 10:17- The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ―Lord, even thedemons submit to us in your name.‖ …20 ―However, do not rejoice that thespirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.‖ There can be a temptation to become enamored with our authority overdisease and demons, to allow miracles to be an idol in our hearts. Weshould keep in mind that such authority is simply a ―weapon‖ or ―tool‖ fortemporary use on earth only for God‘s glory and God‘s kingdom alone.There will be no need for this type of authority in heaven. We shouldinstead focus our joy on the salvation so freely given to us through ourrelationship with Jesus Christ. This keeps us in an attitude of humility andteachability.THE GREAT COMMISSIONMatthew 28:18 - Then Jesus came to them and said, ―All authority inheaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and makedisciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of theSon and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I havecommanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of theage.‖ Mark 16:15 And He said to them, Go into all the world, proclaim thegospel to all the creation. The Father has given all authority to Jesus. Based on that totalauthority, He sends His disciples to go into all the world armed with ameasure of that authority to complete the Great Commission. 27
  • The End-Time Model of EvangelismThe Elijah ChallengeThe Elijah Challenge is an international ministry founded by Rev William and LucilleLau in the year 2000. It is based in Houston, Texas but its ministry affects churchesthroughout the world. Through the Elijah Challenge End-time Model ofEvangelism, many ordinary "faceless" and "nameless" Christians are able toexercise their authority to "heal diseases and cast out demons". There is a greatemphasis on John 14:12, believing that Jesus had declared that the Christianswould do far greater miracles than He did. This ministry departs from most healingministries in that it does not emphasize on gifted personalities but allowing theordinary Christians to be involved in the healing prayer process.Since then, thousands of Evangelical believers have attended Elijah ChallengeHealing Seminars and Rallies in different parts of the world. In India, Pakistan,Philippines, Malaysia, South America, Egypt, Africa, and the United States,believers have been taught from the Bible how to minister miraculous healing tothe sick and salvation to the lost. In these Seminars and Rallies, organizers havestated that "the blind see, the deaf hear, and many other miraculous healings occuras ordinary believers lay hands on the sick in Jesus name". Thousands of peoplewith diverse physical infirmities have publicly testified to being healed in thesemeetings. Thousands also give their lives to Jesus. Many of the Elijah ChallengeHealing Seminars and Rallies have been held in Southern Baptist, American Baptist,Conservative Baptist, Presbyterian, Messianic, United Methodist, Episcopal,Christian & Missionary Alliance, Full Gospel, Assemblies of God and IndependentChurches.The Elijah ChallengeP. O. Box 168, Barker,Texas 77413-0168, USAwww.TheElijahChallenge.orgEmail: elijahchallenge@gmail.comElijah Challenge AsiaElijah Challenge Asia is a ministry that is affiliated with The Elijah Challenge. Itseeks to provide ministry support, training seminars, teaching events, healing andprayer opportunities for the churches in all of Asia. In keeping with the strategy ofElijah Challenge End-Time Evangelism, this ministry has the goal of training andraising Elijah Challengers who would become leaders in the ministries of prayingand healing the sick for the extension of Gods kingdom.The mission of Elijah Challenge Asia is to provide training for potential ElijahChallengers and their trainers by organizing classes, seminars, conferences andrallies. It seeks to encourage the development of many Elijah Challenge OperationTeams to do Power Evangelism in Asia. It also gives prayer and ministry support toChristian organizations that are using Elijah Challenge End-time Evangelism modelin their evangelisms, missions and renewal works in Asia and around the world.Elijah Challenge Asia68 Jalan BRP 7/1BBukit Rahman Putra,Sungai Buloh 47000Selangor, Malaysiahttp://elijahchallengeasia.blogspot.com/Email:elijahchallengeasia@gmail.com28